IES Abroad Paris - Business & International Affairs

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Paris is also known as the fashion capital of the world, hosting designers such as Chanel, Christian Dior, Yves Saint-Laurent, and many more. Enjoy all that Paris has to offer while studying Business and International Affairs in the City of Light.

The Business & International Affairs Program offers IES Abroad courses taught by faculty from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. The program also offers students the option to take English-taught courses with French and international students at Novancia, the premier business school founded by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Enjoy field study trips within Paris, and excursions to important cities such as Geneva and Brussels. Or, gain valuable experience through a business-focused internship. With course offerings in English and French, and French language study, the IES Abroad Business & International Affairs Program is a unique experience for study abroad in Paris.

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based on 39 reviews
  • Academics 7.9
  • Support 9.4
  • Fun 9
  • Housing 9.1
  • Safety 9.2
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I want to go back!

Although I was always interested in the concept of studying abroad during college, I was on the fence about spending four months in a country where I knew no one. However, I am so glad that I took the chance to go abroad with the Paris Business and International Affairs program of IES Abroad.
First off, the program has great classes for Business and IR students. I am an International Affairs major so the program's offering of History, Security Studies, and Political Science classes perfectly complemented my major. The program also has a language requirement, which is quite useful in not only being able to communicate in the local language, but also to navigate certain cultural differences. We also had excursion trips to Versailles, Normandy, Brussels, and Geneva that were either offered to everyone in the program or were course-specific. These visits supplemented my understanding of French and European history, politics, and culture.
The program's study center is located within Paris, but many of the people in the program, including myself, lived on the outskirts of Paris. However, thanks to the efficiency of the Paris metro system, commuting was hardly an issue. I actually liked living with a host family right outside of Paris because the I area I lived in, Issy-les-Moulineaux, was les touristy and I had the opportunity to practice my French more and be a part of everyday French life. If I wanted to go into Paris, it was on average a 20 minute metro ride. My host family was a retired couple who I had dinner with three times a week. They often would give me advice on which museums to visit and had a huge knowledge of French culture, especially art. It was always interesting comparing American and French customs with them.
My first friend in the program was a girl who lived in the same building as me and we occasionally has dinner at each other's places if one of our families was out of town. She became my morning metro buddy to our class and I still keep in touch with her. The Paris program was made up of around 60 people, so naturally we all became close and bonded over being in a foreign city and seeing each other on a regular basis in class and usually spent time outside of class as well. I made many close friends in my program and they made my experience in Paris even better. It felt surreal picknicking with them in front of the Eiffel tower after class on Thursday or having fresh crepes right before trekking up the winding steps to the top of the Notre Dame, which was worth it when you were able to see the spectacular view of the city.
The staff of the program were such a strong support system. It was typical to have one of them greet you as you headed to class since the program consists of two building located close to the metro station Denfert Rouchereau. The staff led tours within Paris and excursions outside of the city as well. It was the norm to hang out in their office and talk to them about everything ranging from how you were coping with Paris to what American TV shows the French liked. I really felt that the staff and students became my family away from home. There was always something to do offered by the program such as having a lottery to win tickets for different events such as concerts, soccer games, and culinary classes.
My study abroad experience with the Paris BIA of the IES Abroad program was amazing and I highly recommend the program if you are looking to be part of a close-knit community in a big city. The program provided me with life-long memories.

How can this program be improved?
Although certain business courses were offered at a local university, I wish they had more International Relations courses offered at local universities as well.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Don't miss the best chance to study in Paris!

Studying in Paris with IES Paris BIA was one of the best decisions I've made! The staff members are super supportive and helpful. The academic courses are at appropriate levels, that you will accomplish your academic goals as well as have enough time to enjoy Paris. Field trips are offered through out the semester, the best ways to explore Paris and other cities nearby!

Yes, I recommend this program
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IES BIA was did an amazing job giving me a full Parisian Experience!

I chose my program because I am an International Business major and I wanted something that would give me major related classes. I also chose my program because it seemed that they were really helpful in immersing you in French culture.

I lived in a home stay with another student and with a retired couple in the seventeenth arrondissement. I had my own bedroom, bathroom, and balcony. And everything in the house was extremely nice, and my host parents were super helpful with the French language and with ways to get around the city. It took me only thirty to forty minutes to get home on the metro and everything in the city was extremely accessible through public transportation.

The IES BIA program really created an environment where I could have little French experiences all the time. We went on tons of trips, sponsored many many mini field trips. I got to see a Parisian Mosque, bake in a Parisian bakery, drink champagne in Champagne, visit the beaches of Normandy, see a Parisian ballet, watch a Parisian rugby game, and see a French comedian. I got to do so many amazing things through this program and they were all included in my tuition.

Choosing this program was the best choice I've ever made in my whole life!!

How can this program be improved?
Maybe more ways to integrate the American students with actual French people.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Good Program for American Students

This is a great program for American students looking to study abroad in Paris. They are very good at getting students acclimated to the city and helping them meet each other, and the classes are interesting and taught by awesome professors. There is no class on Friday so there is lots of time to travel. I do speak French, but the majority of people in my class did not, and they did fine in Paris despite language barriers.

How can this program be improved?
Housing - the apartments are in a bad location and I did not like living alone
Yes, I recommend this program
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An Amazing Experience

I studied abroad in Paris through the IES BIA rogram in spring 2013. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. The program is excellent; the professors are knowledgable and the staff members are extremely helpful.

Paris is an incredible city, not only for the arts, food, and monuments (which are quite honestly unparalleled), but for cultural immersion. I couldn't have chosen a better city or program for my study abroad experience.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Paris BIA, worth your experience

As a first-timer for everything "Paris" and Europe in general, my initial thought process to "study" in Paris was rather commonplace: to live in the romance of "Paris" and with anything "Parisian" for a full semester. Believe it or not, I did get that glimpse of Paris in a nutshell but so much more.

As cliché as this may sound, this entire abroad experience really was “what you made of it.” And Paris BIA, I would say, was the perfect program to create that required balance to fully enjoy your experience. This program supports and caters to your own academic and social regimen; various activities include local-French homestay housing, internships, language partner programs, and optional field trips. The Paris BIA program also offers engaging and niche-oriented courses, allowing you seek out your academic interest. For example, due to Mr. Robert Olorenshaw’s Luxury Brand Management course, I had found my passion in luxury brand marketing, and was able to secure a summer internship at a high-end luxury brand in Paris.

I was fortunate enough to have a wonderful French family during my program as well, and they now have become incredibly partial to my life as I have frequently made visits back in Paris and in New York City to meet up since the program ended a year ago. While taking courses within the BIA program, I also benefited from taking business courses at the French Business School, Negocia, and made life-long relationships with both local and international students.

I believe Paris BIA is not one of those ordinary programs that act as a backbone of your frequent travels every weekend. Yes, you do have the leisure to experience and step outside of Paris, but know that this program is definitely worth your time and attention for that once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Unforgetable, Breath-taking, Wondrous...and those are just the beginning...

I know it may sound extremely cliche but my study abroad experience with IES Abroad BIA in Paris changed my life. It created memories for me that I will never forget and friendships which continue to shape my life to this day and I know will continue to do so. Unfortunately I cannot tell you every single detail that proves these claims to be true but I will try to touch on the most important.

I want to start with the program itself. The BIA program was still a very small program when I attended it with only about 60 or so students overall. However, this allowed for very small classes which was very beneficial in that we were all able to interact and participate a lot more than if there were a larger number of students. The professors were a part of the program only on a part time basis. I know that at least two of my professors also taught at Sciences Po in Paris which is a very well known and well respected school in the area.

The trips connected with the program were another experience in themselves. For one of my political science classes, we traveled to Geneva, Switzerland for the day with our professor to visit the United Nations and also to meet with the International Institute for Sustainable Development there. Not only this, but the program itself took us on a trip to some of the castles around Paris and also on a very heartfelt historical journey to discover the wonders of Normandy.

In this, the staff of IES BIA were amazing and so supportive in times of need. They looked after us and were always there when we needed advice on where to go to dinner or just a hug because we were having a rough day.

I want to finish up by addressing my housing situation while in Paris. It was spectacular. I lived with a wonderful family in the 16th arrondissement and they treated my like I was an additional member of their family. They helped me in learning the language and even some of the slang. They encouraged me to attend different events like the political rallies and also encouraged me to explore the city as much as possible.

Overall though, my experience in Paris with IES BIA is one that I will never regret choosing! And I wish that I could spend every semester abroad living an experience like this!

How can this program be improved?
If I had to change one thing, it would be the size of the building the program is situated in. I know this was something that was discussed among our group of students and I know that the Paris BIA program was actually looking for a larger building to be able to move to.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Studying abroad with IES Paris BIA changed my life

Studying abroad in Paris with IES was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Paris is an amazing, beautiful city filled with art and culture and the IES BIA program allowed me to take advantage of everything it has to offer.

As a sociology major I was still able to take interesting and relevant classes, such as art history and a course about France and Islam. This program is not only for business or international affairs majors. My favorite thing about the classes was how much we got out into the city and experienced real life examples of what we were studying. Field trips to museums, neighborhoods and restaurants contributed to valuable cultural immersion.

I also had plenty of time outside of class to do my own exploring and get the real parisian experience. The staff at IES are great at offering as much help as you need, but also encouraging each student to be independent.

The home stay was the most valuable experience in terms of my language acquisition and practice, and it was great to have three home cooked French meals a week!

How can this program be improved?
Probably try to get a bigger center where classes are held, sometimes it felt a little bit cramped. But the location in the city was great!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Fun, academics and Paris: All is possible in IES:BIA Program

You might not think it is possible to stay focused and concentrated while studying abroad. Honestly, I did not think so. However, I found the perfect study abroad program: IES BIA Paris.

The program incorporates textbook learning into real life experiences. For example, students did not learn art just from books or powerpoint slides. The class went to the Louvre and actually saw the paintings; which is not done in your typical college class. These experiences are not just for art majors. Business,IPE, foreign policy majors also benefit. Our IPE class went on a trip to the World Trade Organization Headquarters and the European Union Parliament in Geneva, Switzerland. We had a tour of the facilites, a speaker talk to us, and even dinner!

Parisians have a bad reputation for being rude, however, the BIA staff are wonderful, helpful and understanding. They have years of experience with study abroad students. All are bilingual, so don't think language will be a problem. If you need to find the nearest grocery store, a landmark, a museum etc. they will help you and give you precise directions. Personally, IES BIA Paris felt like a home away from home, the only difference is I had the magical city of Paris as my campus.

Yes, I recommend this program


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